The Tragic Legacies of Lebanon’s Phalangists

A conversation with

Jonathan Randal

Author of
The Tragedy of Lebanon: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and American Bunglers
Friday, May 11, 2012
10:30 – Noon

Hardin Room, 11th Floor
Church Center for the United Nations

777 UN Plaza –corner of 44th St. and 1st Ave.
In 1975, Phalange Party hardliners from Lebanon’s Maronite Christian community responded to their sense of vulnerability by unleashing a wave of anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian violence that peaked with 1982’s massacres at Sabra and Shatila. Veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent Jonathan Randal was one of the first to document the Phalangists’ actions. The Tragedy of Lebanon is a reissue of his acclaimed 1983 study of their rise, published to mark the 30th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila. Randal has added an all-new preface which tracks some of the lasting legacies of the Phalangist violence—in Lebanon, and elsewhere in the Middle East. He also notes that many other indigenous, Middle Eastern Christian communities have suffered huge disasters in recent years, disasters for which the Phalangists’ earlier violence provide no helpful models of response.

Sponsored by
Just World Books
Non-governmental Organization Working Group on Israel-Palestine
Global Policy Forum
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